Sunday Metal – Havok

Havok is one of those new wave of thrash metal bands. And they do it quite well.

This is off their new album, Conformicide. This is “Intention to Deceive”

Which matters more? Capacity or…

My esteemed colleague, Claude Werner, penned an excellent analysis: Revolvers will get you killed – Or will they?

You see, Claude likes data. He likes to collect it, analyze it, interpret results, and in presenting his data he often rocks the boat. It’s one thing I love about Claude.

In this particular article, Claude discusses a recent article that posited armed citizen encounters rarely need more ammunition than what’s in a concealed-carry revolver (5-6 rounds).

Of course, in today’s world where increased magazine capacity is a huge marketing/selling point, only carrying 5-6 rounds tends to be scoffed at. So of course, Claude presents data.

Claude’s data shows the number of shots fired ranging from 0 to 2.

We can also look at Tom Givens’ student incident data, where the average was 3-4 rounds.

Thus, it’s reasonable to conclude that “seldom” does one need more than 5.

In my own incident, I fired 5 rounds.

But here’s where perhaps Claude and I differ.

Because you see, statistics are of little comfort when you are the anomaly.

Looking at the Givens data set, the range of shots fired ranges from 1 to 12 (last I saw the data summary it was 11, but I think recently it went up to 12). That 5-shot snub ran empty long ago. I think about my own incident, and while it was unfolding I was expecting there to be “friends”; if I had only a 5-shot revolver and if my situation was different, I’m not sure how things might have gone.

So this isn’t to say that there isn’t a place and a role for smaller, lower-capacity guns. I have them, and sometimes I carry them because they are what’s contextually appropriate. But for me, if I’m in a situation where I can carry something bigger with greater capacity, I will. Because why not? If all other things are equal, why choose 5 when I can choose 15? Because one thing I can NOT choose is how my self-defense incident is going to be and what I’m going to face.

But I didn’t come here to beat the dead horse of “capacity”.

Because if you read Claude’s article (and I can tell by my website analytics that you haven’t clicked through to read it… which is a shame, and your loss), you’ll come to see what matters MUCH MUCH more in terms of a self-defense incident.

For you see, while the hard-skills of shooting are certainly important, there are skills involved in private citizen self-defense incidents that matter so much more.

You’re just going to have to read Claude’s article to learn.

2017-04-28 training log

I tied a rep PR, but the bottom line: I’m stronger.

The workup today brought me to 6 @ 165, which ties a prior rep PR. Thing is, that was set back mid-December on what was my last set of my last cycle of a 1+ week just before my “end of 2016” 1RM testing. So it was a “peak”, if you will. But today? It’s somewhere in the middle of the full cycle, on a 3+ week. So it’s just work along the road, not the end of the road.

Maybe I only tied the PR, but bottom line is I’m stronger. And that’s really what matters.

Opted to use wrist wraps and a belt, to see how that fares for me in terms of helping with my pain issues. Pressing doesn’t normally have a strong problem, but if things are hurting it of course is slightly involved. I do believe it’s a help, and I will continue to use wraps for pressing, at least for now.

Dips didn’t happen. Couple of reasons. First, I picked up a copy of Wendler’s new book, “5/3/1 Forever“. I’ve only just started to read it, but Jim did mention push-ups as assistance work. It was on my brain thinking it might be good not just for pushups, but because it puts my body on the ground (makes me move more, in and out of positions), and it puts my hands, wrists, feet, toes, etc. into some stretched positions that I believe I should spend more time in for my general fitness. I wasn’t sure I was going to swap it in now but, when it came time to dip, someone was monopolizing the dip station so pushups it was.

Anyways, things rolled pretty good today overall. Arms are feeling alright, not 100% but good. Good progress overall today. I’ll take it.

  • Press (superset with pulldowns)
    • bar x whatever
    • 75 x 5
    • 90 x 5
    • 110 x 3
    • 130 x 3
    • 150 x 3
    • 165 x 6
    • 150 x 7
    • 130 x 9
  • Lat Pulldowns (pronated grip, to chest)
    • 115 x 12
    • 125 x 12
    • 135 x 12
    • 145 x 12
    • 145 x 12
    • 145 x 12
    • 145 x 12
    • 145 x 12
  • Pushups (superset with shrugs)
    • BW x 12
    • BW x 12
    • BW x 10
  • DB Shrugs
    • 85e x 15
    • 85e x 15
    • 75e x 10
  • Front Plate Raises (all the way above head)
    • 25 x 25
    • 25 x 15
    • 25 x 12
  • Skullcrushers
    • 70 x 12
    • 70 x 12
    • 70 x 9
  • Hammer Curl
    • 45e x 10
    • 45e x 9
    • 45e x 7

2017-04-27 training log

Today was good. Set 2 rep PRs

Last deadlift session felt crappy, but here I felt good. Things went up well, form was solid. But it’s still a little weird with the new starting position. That is, I used to set up with the bar lined up with the 4th-ish eyelet on my shoes, but now I’m about over the 2nd. It still feels way out there and as soon as I break the floor it feels odd, but it did feel more normal today (the first rep of the day was the only one that felt truly off). The bar path is overall straighter, so this is a good change, just have to get used to it.

2 rep PRs, on the top set and the last set. That’s nice.

On hypers, I was going to add weight but opted instead to ensure I was using better form. In this case, I have been just “moving”, but I really should be more explosive on the concentric and slow on the eccentric; I’m not always doing the concentric as good as I should. So that was the focus. Plus going from last week’s foot angle experiment, I tried alternating: toes out, toes in, out, in; alternating on each set.

Solid day. I’ll take it.

  • Deadlift
    • 170 x 5
    • 215 x 5
    • 260 x 3
    • 300 x 3
    • 345 x 3
    • 385 x 6 (6 rep PR)
    • 345 x 8
    • 300 x 11 (11 rep PR)
  • Hyperextensions
    • BW x 15 (toes out)
    • BW x 15 (toes in)
    • BW x 15 (toes out)
    • BW x 15 (toes in)
  • Leg Curls
    • 45 x 12
    • 45 x 12
    • 45 x 12
  • Crunches
    • BW x 20
    • BW x 20
    • BW x 10

$1 Million Legal Defense Fund

With all the brouhaha currently going around in the “self-defense legal fund/insurance” world, I thought it was worth noting a significant milestone.

The Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network now has $1,000,000 earmarked for the legal defense of members after a self-defense incident, as well as helping with bail, if needed. As well, they have upped the initial-representation deposit from $10,000 to $25,000 (if needed).

You can – and should – read all the details here.

Congratulations to Marty, Gila, and all those who worked to bring the Network to this significant milestone. 🎉

(Disclosure: I am a member of ACLDN and have utilized their legal services. I receive no compensation or anything for mentioning this; I’m just a “satisfied customer” who by his own free-choice wishes to promote an organization he strongly believes in.)

KR Training 2017-04-22 – BP2/DPS1 Quick Hits

Saturday April 22, 2017 was another fantastic day at KR Training. On tap: Basic Pistol 2 (our Defensive Pistol Skills Essentials) and Defensive Pistol Skills 1. These are two of the core – and arguably most important – classes we teach. It’s here that students go from casual plinking at the range to starting to acquire the skills and understand the realities involved in using a handgun for self-defense.

We had a good turnout, with over a dozen students in the morning, and over half staying for the afternoon class. For those all-day students it’s a long day, but one packed with learning and growth.

A bit of an interesting day too, as the weather took a “pleasant” turn. Instead of the warm weather we’ve been having, a cold front blew through just as class was starting. Sure 60º–ish all day isn’t that cold, but the wind was strong and bitterly cold; not all students were prepared for it. I can’t totally blame folks, but now instead of my usual “wear sunscreen” I’m going to have to start suggesting to people to ensure to always bring clothing/gear to mind the weather – even if it doesn’t make logical sense, because days like today apparently do happen. 😉

As well, I was the Lead Instructor for this day. Karl was off at the annual A Girl and A Gun Conference, so I held down the fort. I had capable assistants in Larry, Brett, and Justin. We had a mix of students: young and old, male and female – we ran the gamut. Again, I always like to point out demographics because there are people who think they know who and what gun owners are, but really have no clue.

John Daub, instructing students on the range during KR Training’s Basic Pistol 2 class.

As for some quick take-homes:

  • Trigger press. Remember? Prreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssss. Apply smooth pressure. Yes the pressure will and must increase, but keep it smooth (not sudden).
  • Grip should be strong (“Homer choking Bart”), and consistent. When you are holding the gun in the ready position, be gripping HARD – don’t tighten up when you get the gun out and in response to pressing the trigger.
  • Going fast is important, but not at the expense of accuracy. At this stage I’d rather you work on good mechanics, establishing good technique, and working to get acceptable hits. Speed will come.

One other thing.

For some, it can be a hard day. Not even so much on the skills and direct learning aspects, but what you go through, what you put yourself through. There can be a lot of emotions, a lot of discomfort. These two classes are filled with novel experiences, and sometimes uncomfortable experiences.

But guess what?

You made it through.

You are more aware.

You are stronger.

You are more capable.

And that smile on your face tells me, it was a good day.

Thank you for coming out and training with us. Thank you for putting your faith and trust in us, to help you learn and grow in such an important aspect of your life.

Practice well. Train hard. We’ll see you out on the range.

BART takeover robbery

BART police are beefing up patrols at Oakland stations after dozens of juveniles terrorized riders Saturday night when they invaded the Coliseum Station and commandeered at least one train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries.

The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses told police that 40 to 60 juveniles flooded the station, jumped the fare gates and rushed to the second-story train platform. Some of the robbers apparently held open the doors of a Dublin-bound train car while others streamed inside, confronting and robbing and in some cases beating riders.

Full story

Shocking and scary.

You’re just trying to get home on the train, when your train car gets flooded with a mob of teenagers. They rob you, they beat you, and within seconds they’re gone.

You’re trapped, because there’s only a couple of exits and they’re all blocked by these criminals, these predators.

It’s crowded, and there are superior numbers.

Trost said police arrived at the station in less than 5 minutes, but that the robberies took place in just seconds.

When I read the article last night, there was a quote to the effect of “we’ve hundreds of miles of track and dozens of stations – we can’t have police everywhere”. The article seems to have been updated to remove that quote. Whatever the exact wording was, the message was clear: the police cannot always be there to protect you as there’s just no physical and realistic way.

Your life is in your hands. It’s well-worth acknowledging that reality.



2017-04-25 training log

Made a last minute decision to NOT go to the gym.

It’s bench day, and my arms are not feeling it. There’s just enough ache/pain, and it’s been here for a couple days. I’ve been massaging and stretching.

As I was getting ready to go, I was just thinking to myself how to modify the session to not make things worse, e.g. I wasn’t going to superset in pulling work. As I kept thinking, the best solution? Just rest.

We’ll see how the rest of the week fares.

2017-04-24 training log

Nose bleed while squatting – achievement unlocked?

Yup. Squatting, then I feel something running out of my nose, then the distincting taste of blood. Alas, it’d mean more if this had been achieved under some heavy load, but it was nothing glorious. I had blown my nose to breathe better, and I guess while doing so I popped a bloos vessel. So, nothing glamorous. 🙂

In fact, the whole session was nothing glamourous.

I just felt off with every rep. Not getting depth, falling forward, all sorts of things. 😦

Top set, 4th rep, and I just racked it. Every rep had some problem with it, so I just racked it. As soon as I did tho, I felt I should have at least gone for the 5th rep and tried to push through.

Did pause squats because I needed that reinforcement: hit depth, clearly. It was good work. But after that, just packed up and went home.

Why? Not sure. I did have a LONG day teaching on Saturday, and spent most of Sunday sleeping/resting; so maybe I’m still just off from that. I also did have my mind on some other things, so that probably played a part as well.

Not the best day, but it’s a day. Moving on.

  • Squats
    • bar x whatever
    • 140 x 5
    • 175 x 5
    • 210 x 3
    • 245 x 3
    • 280 x 3
    • 315 x 4
  • Pause Squat
    • 245 x 5
    • 245 x 5
    • 245 x 5

Sunday Metal – Keel

I was listening to Apple Music’s “Classic Metal” radio and this song came on.

It took me right back to my teenage years, and finally I was able to know who the artist was!

I recall hearing this song a bunch, and I believe I had it on some mix-tape and really loved it. But I never knew who the artist was. But now I know.


“Tears of Fire”

(Shut up, BH)